Other NSYNC and Backstreet Boys members also took to Twitter to pay tribute to Lou Pearlman

By Char Adams
Updated August 21, 2016 01:35 PM
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Justin Timberlake is paying tribute to NSYNC creator Lou Pearlman, who died in prison on Friday.

“I hope he found some peace,” Timberlake, 35, tweeted on Sunday. “God bless and RIP, Lou Pearlman.”

The well-wish follows a tumultuous relationship between the boy band and Pearlman. The Timberlake-fronted group filed a lawsuit against Pearlman in the early 2000s, alleging that their contract was unfair.

Pearlman died from an undisclosed illness. He was one of most successful producers of the 1990s, creating boy bands like NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, LFO and O-Town.

Another NSYNC alum, Lance Bass, took to Twitter to pay his respects to the late music producer and manager.

“Word is that #LouPearlman has passed away,” Bass, 37, wrote on a tweet on Saturday. “He might not have been a standup businessman, but I wouldn’t be doing what I love today [without] his influence RIP Lou.”

Meanwhile, Chris Kirkpatrick tweeted that he has “mixed emotions” about Pearlman’s death. And Aaron Carter, who sued Pearlman in 2002, wrote in a Twitter post, “Karma is real.”

“#LouPearlman my old manager died in prison,” the 28-year-old wrote. “Rip Lou not the best business guy really at all but he did discover me.”

The Backstreet Boys was the first of Pearlman’s creations to sue him as a result of an alleged faulty contract.

AJ McLean remembered the late music producer in a tweet, writing that he has “Many emotions at the news of Lou’s passing.”

“Without Lou I wouldn’t have met my four brothers or had the opportunity of a lifetime. RIP,” McLean, 38, tweeted.

After finding himself the subject of several lawsuits, things went further south for Pearlman when he defrauded investors out of more than $300 million in a Ponzi scheme.

He pleaded guilty to several charges related to the crime and in 2008 was sentenced to 25 years in prison.